I just got a job on a hem/onc unit and I have some questions. First, I am concerned about the safety of administering chemo and caring for patients receiving chemo. At the hospital I'll be working at, we don't mix chemo and all the nurses use the necessary PPE. It seems very safe, but when I was researching the topic I was reading articles online about how chemo has been detected in oncology nurses and pharmacists who prepare chemo. The article didn't say what kind of PPE was used, but if they were using it, I find that very scary. It doesn't make sense to me that after using chemo gloves and gowns etc, chemo would still be detected in nurses' urine!? Is it really that strong? I don't plan on having kids any time soon, but I want to eventually and this concerns me a lot. So I guess my question for all you oncology nurses is, do you feel safe at your job? Have oncology nurses you know not been able to get pregnant or had any adverse effects of handling chemo?
I love oncology and I feel that this is the right specialty for me, it's just the chemo that scares me.
I would love your thoughts on this. Thank you!